Politics

Protest gains poignancy with election, Supreme Court vacancy

SARANAC LAKE - A month before Election Day, more than 45 people carrying anti-abortion signs silently lined River Street from Main Street to Church Street for an hour Sunday afternoon.This Lifechain event takes place every year, but this one took on extra poignancy since the next president, to ...

Congressional candidate debate televised tonight

A debate between the three candidates to represent New York's 21st Congressional District will be aired at 7 p.m. today on Time Warner Cable News.Incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik of Willsboro, Democrat Mike Derrick of Peru and the Green Party's Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls will ...

Congressional candidates go before cameras

ALBANY - Improving the North Country's economy, addressing veterans' needs and assisting struggling farms were among the topics in the first of three scheduled debates among candidates for New York's 21st Congressional District seat.Incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik of Willsboro, who is ...

Election makes annual abortion protest more poignant

SARANAC LAKE -- A month before Election Day, more than 45 people carrying anti-abortion signs silently lined River Street from Main Street to Church Street for an hour Sunday afternoon.This Lifechain event takes place every year, but this one took on extra poignancy since the next president, to ...

Bill passes to end tax on Olympic awards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced on Friday the passage of bipartisan legislation that will prevent the Internal Revenue Service from taxing Olympic and Paralympic athletes on medals or other prizes awarded to them in Rio de Janeiro and in future Olympic and Paralympic games.The ...

Fire chief: Deflated tires wasn’t vandalism

TUPPER LAKE - Fire Chief Carl Steffen says a disgruntled village trustee is to blame for allegations that one of his department's members vandalized a fire truck."Everyone, including Ron LaScala, has a right to their own opinion, but the problem in this case is he is accusing the department ...

County looks to end ‘fiscal stress’

MALONE - The proposed Franklin County budget for next year would stay within the state's tax cap and would help the county shed its label as being under "significant fiscal stress."That's what county officials said Thursday as they unveiled a tentative $103 million budget for 2017."Our ...

Airbnb will start collecting Essex Co. bed tax

LAKE PLACID - On Saturday, the multi-billion-dollar vacation rental marketplace Airbnb will begin to collect the 3-percent occupancy tax on vacation rentals in Essex County that are booked through its popular peer-to-peer platform.Also known as the "bed tax," the funds derived from the ...

Franklin County bed tax revenue climbs

MALONE - Franklin County bed tax revenue spiked over the summer, and it will likely grow even more starting Saturday when Airbnb begins collecting the tax in the county.County Treasurer Bryon Varin said Thursday that the county has seen $235,460 in revenue from the 5 percent occupancy tax since ...

Funiciello says he mostly wants to beat Derrick

WATERTOWN - Green Party candidate Matthew Funiciello knows he may not necessarily win the 21st Congressional District race this year. But the goal is more about defeating a major party candidate in the general election. In his case, that's Democratic candidate William "Mike" Derrick.In a Times ...

Placid to borrow $1.73M for stormwater work, parking lot, land, trucks

LAKE PLACID - At a special meeting, the village board approved to borrow more than $1.73 million for construction projects and capital equipment purchases.The biggest-ticket item was the approval of a $1 million bond to conduct stormwater and sewer system improvements for the east side of ...

Fire station eyed for Santa Clara

TUPPER LAKE - Without its own fire department, the town of Santa Clara relies on neighboring Tupper Lake for firefighting services, but that could soon change.Under a new proposal presented by Tupper Lake fire Chief Carl Steffen, Santa Clara would create its own fire substation, replete with ...

Rail suit hearing postponed

MALONE -A hearing on the lawsuit filed by the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society against the state Adirondack Park Agency and departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation has been postponed from Wednesday until Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The hearing will be held at the county court ...

Stec, Barkenhagen will debate Oct. 20

The two candidates seeking to represent the North Country's Assembly District 114 will debate at a Saratoga Springs-based television station's studios at 9 a.m. Oct. 20. The closed-door debate will be live-to-tape, to be broadcasted shortly thereafter at a time and date to be determined by the ...

Charter flights open at Lake Clear airport

LAKE CLEAR - The Adirondack Regional Airport has a new charter flight service, based at a new 6,400-square-foot hangar owned by the town of Harrietstown.A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for Go Aviation Inc., which is leasing the hangar from the town. The company was recently certified ...

Cameras will be installed at Tupper Lake fire station

TUPPER LAKE - The village will install security cameras in the fire station, a move prompted by an alleged report of vandalism to a firetruck by a fire department member. Whether or not the act occurred is now in question.Immediately following the Sept. 21 village board meeting, members ...

New groups arise out of Boreas classification

The pending classification of the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract has drawn a lot of attention from Adirondack green groups. So much so that there are now two more groups that have formed to lobby for what they would like the state to do with the most recent Adirondack land purchase.Access the ...

Mount Pisgah planning workshop Thursday night

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the meeting is tonight; it is Thursday.)-SARANAC LAKE - The village of Saranac Lake Parks and Trails Advisory Board and Community Development Department have announced the ninth public input meeting for creating vision plans ...

Debate’s ‘big fight’ feel

LAKE PLACID - In her five years tending bar at the American Legion Post 326, Pat Daby had never pre-empted an autumn Monday night of football like this. Like at many bars across the country, 9 p.m. on a Monday night in September is meant to be tuned to ESPN.But this Monday night, the Atlanta ...